Music exchange between Sweden and SA

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    Robert Brooks, Executive Director of Miagi and Marie Bergström, Head of Development Cooperation at the Swedish Embassys in Pretoria. Photo: Swedish Embassy / Pretoria

On the 8th of January The Swedish Embassy signed a contract with the non-profit organisation, MIAGI (Music is a Great Investment). Sweden has through Sida granted SEK 2 000 000 to a 1-year cooperation between the South African organnization MIAGI and the Swedish organizations Fryshuset and Lilla Akademin.

The three partners will cooperate around music education – one way to empower marginalised youth in South Africa. To make music a profession is presented as a real possibility for the youth. MIAGI, Fryshuset and Lilla Akademin will in this way use music to combat unemployment, inequality and poverty which all are major problems in South Africa. 

The partners will during the year participate in work-shops to learn from each other’s experiences. A number of performances and events will be arranged as to provide the young musicians with opportunities to show their talents. Another part of the project will consist of exchange programmes for youth musicians. Courses will be held to give the South African musicians improved musical skills. Other important societal issues such as HIV/Aids, violence and gender will also be discussed.

The project is one of many cooperations supported by Sida in South Africa within the frame of Partner Driven Cooperation. Sida wants to support cooperation between partners in Sweden and South Africa to strengthen the relations between the countries, while at the same time support initiatives that contribute to the creation of conditions that will enable poor people to improve their living conditions.